Latest Gary Bettman News

NHL tests puck and player tracking in regular-season games

Jan. 11, 2019 3:16 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — On one screen live video was showing how many feet per second Erik Karlsson was skating. On another was a video-game-like visualization of the game on the ice below between Vegas and San Jose. Nearby screens flashed prop bets — where the next goal would be scored from? would Max...

NHL and NHLPA meet to discuss CBA, World Cup of Hockey

Jan. 11, 2019 1:53 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL and NHL Players' Association held a lengthy meeting to discuss keeping the current collective bargaining agreement past 2020 and agreed to meet again next week to continue the talks. The sides met for more than two hours Thursday to talk about a CBA extension that could pave the...

Bettman: Seattle will host NHL draft and All-Star weekend

Jan. 9, 2019 7:31 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — On his first trip to Seattle since the city was granted the NHL's 32nd franchise, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a couple more rewards for the future franchise's investment. Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host All-Star weekend within its first seven seasons, with...

Call it a comeback: No lead safe as late rallies on the rise

Jan. 2, 2019 3:03 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Don't be fooled: That third-period lead isn't so safe. Not this season, anyway. There's been quite a comeback for the comeback. The NHL has seen 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 games through New Year's Eve. That's third-most in league history and not far off the 114 rallies in...

Bettman says he hasn't talked to Stars about Lites' comments

Jan. 1, 2019 6:58 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he hasn't reached out to the Dallas Stars about CEO Jim Lites' expletive-laced criticism of high-priced forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Lites ripped Benn and Seguin on Friday, telling reporters their play has been "terrible" and saying owner...

Colorado Avalanche to host outdoor game in 2020

Jan. 1, 2019 4:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will host an outdoor game at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2020. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the game on Tuesday. The Avalanche's opponent for the Feb. 15, 2020, game at Falcons Stadium in Colorado Springs will be announced later. It will be the second...

Odd offerings in sports in 2018: weird science, camels, soup

Dec. 31, 2018 3:40 PM EST

There was a soup thrower in the locker room. There was a tickler on the hockey rink. There were science deniers swallowing their hot air. There was a hint of doomsday on a golf course. Sports drifted into strange places in 2018. Sometimes everyone seemed lost. The Scottish soccer team Brechin played an entire...

Former referee Paul Stewart wants women officiating in NHL

Dec. 12, 2018 10:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Paul Stewart has a very big goal for the next stage of his already lengthy hockey career, and that's helping women follow in his footsteps by officiating in the NHL. Stewart, being inducted Wednesday night into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame , said Katie Guay will be working the...

Fans abuzz after NHL awards its 32nd franchise to Seattle

Dec. 4, 2018 4:01 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — John Barr understood it was likely a foregone conclusion and yet as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke nearly 3,000 miles away, he found himself getting emotional watching the televisions in the packed bar. Barr was among fans watching Tuesday morning as Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion...

NHL adds Seattle as league's 32nd team, play begins in 2021

Dec. 4, 2018 2:14 PM EST

SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck. The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough...